Exeter City Council

Election results for 2019

    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    9
    29
    -1
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    2
    6
    -2
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    1
    2
    +1
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    1
    1
    +1
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    1
    1
    +1

Most Recent

City council have nothing to go on for Exeter toilet usage

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Exeter City Council has no idea how many people used the toilets of city centre business over the summer.

Councillors in April voted to close 15 of the 26 toilets that the city council operates and those toilets have since closed.

As well as the council having to make £60,000 of savings from its budget, councillors were not told that there would still be 11 public toilets available and there would be an abundance of publicly accessible alternatives in the city centre.

Proposals were also put forward for a community toilet scheme to be introduced that would allow the general public to use toilets in city centre businesses – although the majority of businesses did not support it.

Following the closures, Cllr Diana Moore asked questions at last Tuesday night’s executive meeting about usage levels, saying: “How many city centre businesses welcomed visitors who were not customers to use their toilets this summer?”

But in response, Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of the council, said that they didn’t have any figures to that effect.

He said: “We would have to ask all the businesses who have facilities to keep a record and if they thought someone was a customer or not. I don’t think anyone records that information and in the larger stores over more than one floor, it would be very difficult to say, and I don’t think anyone has the resources to record that.”

Asking if public toilets would be part of the CityPoint scheme – the £300m redevelopment of the area around the bus station – Cllr Bialyk said that they would have to look at the planning proposals that came forward, and then it will be discussed at the time when they did.

Exeter public toilets
BBC

Business improvement area to be extended

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The boundary of the Exeter Business Improvement District (BID) is set to be extended to include Magdalen Road.

The current scheme runs until the end of the year, with a second term due to run until 2025, subject to a vote in October.

Magdalen Road was named as one of the "Top 10 coolest shopping areas" in the world by The Guardian last year.

Among the projects that the BID has delivered over the last five years include the Christmas lights across the city.

Magdalen Road
Google

Exeter plan to collect general waste every three weeks

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Household waste is set to be collected only once every three weeks in Exeter in a bid to raise the city’s recycling rates.

Exeter City Council’s executive voted on Tuesday night to introduce sweeping changes to the way waste is collected in the city.

Under the new proposals, glass would now be collected from the kerbside rather than householders having to take their empty bottles and jars to recycling banks around the city. Householders would be issued with a food waste bin and a kitchen caddy for collecting the food waste before it is placed outside in the bin.

Exeter recycling bins
LDRS

Extra recycling boxes and bags would also be issued to allow for the collection of glass bottles and jars.

But with the introduction of food waste collections, less waste will need to go in the black bins, and so collections for household waste would only take place every three weeks.

The model, which, if agreed by full council later this month, would see Exeter City Council replicate East Devon District Council's recycling model.

Exeter has the lowest recycling rates in Devon - just 30.8% - while East Devon has the highest - at about 60%.

Speaking at Tuesday's executive meeting, council leader Phil Bialyk said this was an important policy change and showed the council is listening.

Council backtracks on plan to sell part of beloved park

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Part of a beloved Exeter park will not be sold off to become a turning point for cars to access a new housing development.

Exeter City Council has announced that it has reversed an earlier decision made by its executive committee to sell 130 sq-m of Bull Meadow Park to the Exeter Homes Trust.

Back in February, the committee, despite hundreds of local residents objecting, agreed to dispose of the land, subject to Exeter Homes Trust’s £9m redevelopment plans of the Fairpark Almshouses, at the bottom of Magdalen Road and overlooking Bull Meadow Park, being approved.

That application has yet to be determined, but Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of the council, has said he wanted to keep the current open green space after carefully considering representations from residents and councillors.

Local residents have reacted to the decision and called it a victory for common sense.

Bull Meadow Park
LDRS

Green Party hits out at Exeter free parking

BBC Spotlight

The Green Party in Exeter has hit out at the city council for introducing free Thursday night car parking at three of its car parks.

Parking after 18:00 will be free at the Guildhall, John Lewis and Mary Arches Street car parks for the rest of the year.

The Greens have described it as "grossly irresponsible" given a council commitment to cutting carbon emissions and an aim to be a carbon-neutral city by 2030.

The Labour-run council said the Greens had missed the point, and the plan was to spread the peak of Saturday shopping and reduce congestion.

Exeter parking
BBC

Local Elections 2019: Latest results in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

Devon's Local Election results have been coming in throughout the morning.

  • The Liberal Democrats gained 10 seats in North Devon. They have become the largest party taking 21 of the 42 seats, missing out on taking overall control of the council by a single seat, though one seat is still to be contested due to the death of one of the candidates.
  • Labour retained Plymouth and gained an extra seat. It was a difficult night for the Conservatives in the city, though. They dropped to third place behind UKIP in several wards.
  • Labour has retained control in Exeter. The Green Party won its first seat in the city, with Diana Moore winning in St Davids.
  • No party has won a majority in Torbay, although the Conservatives have the most seats with 15, leading the Liberal Democrats by two.

You can find more news, results, and reaction from Devon's local elections here.

Exeter public toilets face closure in bid to save cash

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than half of Exeter’s public toilets should be closed, councillors are being told.

Earlier this year, a public consultation was run over plans to permanently close 15 of the 26 public conveniences to achieve budget savings and enable a balanced budget to be set.

Exeter City Council’s executive committee on Tuesday is recommended to support the decision to close the 15 public toilets.

They also call for the city surveyor to look at either divesting the running of the toilets to other organisations, or to explore alternative uses including potential disposal, to achieve best value for the council.

Public toilets in Exeter
LDRS

Savings of £60,000 a year would be made by the proposals, a report said, adding that "some are rarely used for legitimate purposes" and "retaining current numbers is no longer sustainable" because they "require significant investment to bring them up an acceptable condition".

If closed , the move will result in the loss of two posts (currently filled by temporary staff) and a saving of just over £60,000 per year.

Recommended for permanent closure:

  • Cathedral & Quay car park
  • Guinea Street
  • Blackboy Road
  • King William Street
  • Cowick Lane
  • Ennerdale Way
  • Hamlin Lane
  • Higher Cemetery
  • Buddle Lane
  • Musgrave Row
  • Okehampton Street
  • Fore Street, Heavitree
  • Cowick Street
  • Fore Street Topsham
  • Whipton, Pinhoe Road

New digital academy planned for Exeter

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new primary school on the edge of Exeter will have "unlimited aspirations which embrace technology as part of everyday teaching".

Designs for the Digital Primary Academy Monkerton
BBC

Known as Digital Primary Academy Monkerton, the newly-built primary school and nursery for children between the ages of three and 11 would have a total of 480 students in the primary school and an additional 60 in the nursery.

A formal planning application for the school, which forms a key part of the Monkerton and Hill Barton Masterplan, where 2,500 new homes will be built, has now been submitted to Exeter City Council planners.

Designs for the Digital Primary Academy Monkerton
BBC

The school would form part of the Cornerstone Academy Trust, who are already responsible for Broadclyst Primary School, Westclyst Primary School and Monkerton Community Primary School.

It would be built on a site that sits between St Luke’s Science and Sport College playing fields and private homes adjacent to Cumberland Way with Hollow Lane to the south.